Windows Azure - An Intro

Windows Azure™ is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Windows Azure platform. Windows Azure provides developers with on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage web applications on the internet through Microsoft® datacenters.

Windows Azure is a flexible platform that supports multiple languages and integrates with your existing on-premises environment. To build applications and services on Windows Azure, developers can use their existing Microsoft Visual Studio® expertise. In addition, Windows Azure supports popular standards and protocols including SOAP, REST, XML, and PHP.

Use Windows Azure to:

  • Run commodity processes in the cloud
  • Build, modify, and distribute scalable applications with minimal on-premises resources
  • Perform large-volume storage, batch processing, intense or large-volume computations
  • Create, test, debug, and distribute Web services quickly and inexpensively

Windows Azure Benefits

  • Bring your ideas to market faster and pay as you go
  • Reduce costs of building and extending on-premises resources
  • Reduce the effort and costs of IT management
  • Respond quickly to changes in your business and customer needs
  • Choose an on-premises or off-premises deployment model that best suits your needs.
  • Scale your IT resources up and down based on your needs.
  • Consume computing resources ONLY when the needs arise.
  • Focus less energy on managing operational resources and constraints.
  • Remove the need to manage hardware
  • Use your existing development skills to build cloud applications
  • Consistent development and management experience across on-premises and the cloud.

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